Philadelphia 76ers vs Milwaukee Bucks: Predictions, Odds and Roster Notes

How to Watch

What: Philadelphia 76ers at Milwaukee Bucks

Where: Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, WI

When: Sunday, March 17th at 3:30 PM EST

How (TV/Radio): ABC | 97.5 The Fanatic

Philadelphia (Away)

Head Coach: Brett Brown {All-Time 170-308 | PHI}

The Philadelphia 76ers are third in the Eastern Conference and sit eight games back from the Milwaukee Bucks who are in first place. Locked in a tie with the Indiana Pacers, the Sixers have the leg up due to them holding the tiebreaker over Indiana in the season series.

The Sixers have been opportunistic in their hunt for a top three finish in the East. They are 6-4 in their last ten games and have won key matches over the Thunder, Pelicans, and Pacers. Losses to the Blazers, Bulls, and Rockets didn’t help their cause, but they were able to pull out a positive win record regardless.

The Sixers will face the Bucks in the first game of what will be seven road games in their next nine; ironically, until they meet the Bucks again at home. The Bucks are a disciplined drive-and-kick team much like the Sixers. Simmons and Antetokounmpo perform similar jobs for their team, but are certain to take more responsibility in such a key match.

Milwaukee Bucks (Home)

Head Coach: Mike Budenholzer {All-Time 264-214 | ATL, MIL}

The Milwaukee Bucks maintain their position at the top of the NBA and the Eastern Conference. With a record of 52-17, the Bucks are not only top of the East but own a three game lead over their closest competition the Toronto Raptors. They’ve been brilliant all season long and are looking to build their lead even further.

The Milwaukee Bucks have taken care of business in their last ten games. They are 7-3 in their last ten and will return to Milwaukee after an intense four-game road trip where they went 3-1. They handled the Hornets, Pelicans, and Heat with ease, but struggled against the disciplined San Antonio Spurs.

The Philadelphia 76ers are a different beast for the Milwaukee Bucks. The Sixers maintain more individual talent than almost any other team they’ve faced and they are just recently getting on a roll. The Bucks will have to lock in defensively if they want to stop the offensive threat that is the Philadelphia 76ers.

What’s At Stake?

The Milwaukee Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers maintain an incredibly competitive all-time series. In 208 regular season games, the Bucks lead the Sixers 108-100.

A win for the Milwaukee Bucks gives them a 3.5 game lead over the Toronto Raptors who trail them in second place.

A win for the Philadelphia 76ers gives them a half game lead over the Indiana Pacers who are in fourth place.

Questions to answer

What can the Sixers carry over from their last win?

How did the Bucks rebound against the Heat?

We are going to compare the Philadelphia 76ers and the Milwaukee Bucks in an attempt to see who has the advantage in this matchup.

Six Sixers Scored In Double Figures

In Philadelphia’s last match they took on the upstart Sacramento Kings in a crucial game for the Western Conference teams chances at the playoffs. The Sixers were able to overcome the motivated team with a notable team effort and contributions across the board.

The Sixers were unstoppable on offence, shooting 50% from the field overall despite shooting only 29% from three-point range. They were also able to get to the free-throw line 27 times compared to the Kings’ 24 attempts.

While Joel Embiid starred with 21 points, 17 rebounds, and 4 blocks, it was the other five Sixers that contributed double digit scoring that helped them overcome the Kings. Notably, Boban Marjanovic was effective off the bench contributing 12 points and 7 rebounds on 4-7 shooting in only 12 minutes of action. When the Sixers share the ball and convert on open opportunities, they are near unstoppable.

The Bucks Bench Added 40 Points

Usually the Milwaukee Bucks don’t gain much from their bench play. Their reserves average a paltry 31.5 points per game which is good enough for 26th in the league. Despite that trend, an impressive effort form the bench drove the Bucks to victory over the Heat in their last match.

Five different players scored in double-figures for the Milwaukee Bucks, including the rarely used Ersan Ilyasova and shooting guard (and MLB pitcher) Pat Connaughton. Ilyasova contributed 15 points on 5-9 shooting while Connaughton added 13 via 5-9 shooting himself.

The Bucks are a playoff built team, rarely going more than eight-men deep in order to take care of their opponents. But on this night the Bucks were able to rest some of their stars and get valuable production out of others. While the bench can’t be expected to produce that mark every night, the Bucks rest comfortably knowing the reserves are at least attuned to the game plan when their number is called.

Philadelphia 76ers Roster Notes

G Furkan Korkmaz – 26 Feb 2019 – Out (Torn Right Meniscus) – The 76ers announced that Korkmaz had surgery on his right knee. He will be re-evaluated in four weeks.

F Mike Scott – 14 Mar 2019 – Day To Day (Illness) – The 76ers have listed Scott as PROBABLE for Friday’s game (Mar. 15) against the Kings.

G-F Ben Simmons – 14 Mar 2019 – Day To Day (Illness) – The 76ers have listed Simmons as PROBABLE for Friday’s game (Mar. 15) against the Kings.

Milwaukee Bucks Roster Notes

G Sterling Brown – 14 Mar 2019 – Out (Wrist) – The Bucks have listed Brown as OUT for Friday’s game (Mar. 15) against the Heat.

G George Hill – 14 Mar 2019 – Day To Day (Adductor) – The Bucks have listed Hill as PROBABLE for Friday’s game (Mar. 15) against the Heat.

Head-to-Head: Ben Simmons (PHI) vs Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL)

It is truly an international game as two of the NBA’s brightest stars come face-to-face when Australian Ben Simmons and the Philadelphia 76ers takes on Greece/Nigeria’s Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks. Both are massive playmakers with the skills of a guard and the strength of a centre. While they can do it on their own, how they provide for their team will decide the outcome of this match.

Ben Simmons

Point Guard | 6-10, 230lb (208cm, 104kg) | LSU/Australia | Exp. 1 Years

17.1 PPG | 7.9 APG | 9.2 RPG | 1.4 SPG | 0.7 BPG | 3.6 TOV | .563 FG% | .000 3P%

Everyday Ben Simmons is looking more and more like the modern day Magic Johnson. His speed for his size is incredible, his court vision is unparalleled, and his ability to attack the basket is near unstoppable. He’s scored more than 15 points in his last six games and is a triple double threat in every appearance. His inability to shoot is his only weakness, but with extra space is extra room to penetrate for Simmons. It will be interesting to see if he can overcome the Bucks’ rim protectors.

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Power Forward | 6-11, 242lb (211cm, 109kg) | Greece | Exp. 5 Years

27.0 PPG | 5.9 APG | 12.6 RPG | 1.3 SPG | 1.4 BPG | 3.9 TOV | .579 FG% | .242 3P%

Everything that was said about Simmons can be mirrored in the game of Antetokounmpo. One-on-one, the Greek Freak is likely the more unstoppable player. He has also shown flashes of ability from range. Antetokounpo maintains the more equipped supporting cast, despite being less talented overall. What’s true is that if Giannis can go, the Bucks can as well. His ability to drive and kick will be paramount for their success against the Sixers.

Philadelphia 76ers at Milwaukee Bucks Predictions and Odds

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